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Jean Albert McEwen

Jean Albert McEwen

Jean Albert McEwen

Jean Albert McEwen
Art d'après-guerre et contemporain Vente en salle

Lot # 039

Jean Albert McEwen
AANFM RCA 1923 - 1999 Canadian

Hommage au soleil, jaunes de l'après-midi
oil on canvas
on verso signed, titled twice variously, dated 16 Septembre 1964 indistinctly and stamped with the artist's stamp and the gallery stamp
50 x 46 pouces  127 x 116.8cm

Provenance:
Galerie Agnès Lefort, Montreal
Private Collection, Ontario

Référence:
Roald Nasgaard, Abstract Painting in Canada, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, 2007, page 178

Jean McEwen’s Hommage au soleil series was inspired by a trip to Majorca, Spain. Although committed to abstraction, McEwen admitted to being influenced by observation of nature, like Claude Monet, whose late work was abstracted from his garden. McEwen said he studied “the lattice of lights and shadows formed by the crossing of light through branches and leaves” to understand how to express the vibration of colour. Roald Nasgaard wrote, “If somewhere, as McEwen implied to [art critic Fernande] Saint-Martin, his vision had roots in natural observation, he expunged the representational in both space and colour, visual experience evoked alone by thick and luminescent coloured matter.” In this radiant painting, the impression of intense light and heat is exuded from layers of white, orange and yellow pigment, textural, amorphous and mottled. A softly glowing backdrop pushes the orange and yellow squares forward, and the central column pulls up to the surface, its white transmuting into darkening shades of blue, an intimation of the sea. Hommage au soleil, jaunes de l'après-midi, with layers of warm hues creating light from its depths, superbly demonstrates why McEwen was considered a consummate colourist.

Estimation: 25,000 $ ~ 35,000 $ CAN

S'est vendu pour: 31,250.00 $ CAN (prime d'achat incluse)


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